The University of Oregon’s largest academic units are its colleges and professional schools. Each consists of smaller units called departments or programs. The academic year is divided into three terms (fall, winter, spring) and one summer session.
This catalog has three sections. The first section contains information about the academic calendar, admission, registration, tuition and fees, financial aid and scholarships, employment, housing, and academic and career planning. The second (or curriculum) section describes all the university’s academic programs in detail: faculty members, degree and nondegree programs, and course listings. This section begins with Graduate Studies and ends with the six professional schools and colleges. The final section contains academic resources and student services.
The academic terms defined in the following list are used throughout this catalog.
Certificate. A formal document that recognizes academic achievement in a specific discipline—usually as an adjunct to an undergraduate or graduate degree program, and only for students in an admitted status. Stand-alone noncredit certificates are offered through Academic Extension to all students.
Colloquium. An academic meeting or assembly for discussion, sometimes led by a different lecturer speaking on a different topic at each meeting; a seminar with consultation, report, and exchange.
Competency. A specific skill in a specific area.
Corequisite. A course or other educational requirement that must be completed simultaneously with another course.
Course. A subject, or an instructional subdivision of a subject, offered through part of a term, a whole term, or over several terms. Each course is assigned a course level. Courses numbered 100–499 are undergraduate courses; 100–299 are lower division, and 300–499 are upper division. Courses numbered 500 and above are graduate or professional.
1 credit. Represents approximately three hours of the student’s time each week for one term in a lower-division undergraduate course. This frequently means one hour in the lecture hall or laboratory in addition to two hours spent in outside preparation. The number of lecture, recitation, laboratory, or other periods required each week for a course is listed in each term's class schedule.
Curriculum. An organized program of study arranged to provide integrated cultural or professional education.
Discipline. A branch of learning or field of study (e.g., mathematics, history, psychology).
Dissertation or Thesis. A written document resulting from study or research and submitted as a major requirement for a degree.
Electives. Courses that students may choose to take, as contrasted with courses that are required for an academic program.
Endorsement. An affirmation of teaching competency by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.
Experimental course. A course under development that has not received formal acceptance to the curriculum. Subject matter, instructional materials, and activities are evaluated for effectiveness and long-term value to the discipline.
Field studies. A series of practical experiences on or off campus to understand principles or develop skills in performing selected tasks.
Generic courses. Courses numbered 196, 198, 199, 399–410, 503–510, 601–610, and 704–710, for which credit is variable and which may be repeated for credit. Instructor’s permission is often required for registration.
Grade point average (GPA). The GPA is determined by dividing total points for all letter grades—A+ through F—by total credits.
Grading option. Unless specified otherwise, nonmajors may take courses either graded (A+ through F) or pass/no pass (P/N). The online class schedule identifies courses for which majors are limited to a particular grading option.
Group-satisfying course. A course that counts toward partial fulfillment of bachelor’s degree requirements in one of the three general-education groups: arts and letters, social science, science.
Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary. A course of study from two or more academic disciplines.
Internship. Unpaid professional practice in an organization that integrates concepts studied at the university with career-related work experience.
License. See Endorsement.
Major. A primary undergraduate or graduate field of specialized study.
Minor. A secondary undergraduate field of specialized study.
Multicultural course. A course that counts toward partial fulfillment of bachelor’s degree requirements in one of three categories: American cultures; identity, pluralism, and tolerance; international cultures.
Option. A subarea of specialized study within an undergraduate or graduate major or undergraduate minor.
Preparatory programs. Undergraduate courses of study taken in preparation for professional or graduate degrees.
Prerequisite. A course or other educational requirement that must be completed prior to registering for another course or before proceeding to more advanced study.
Practicum. A series of clinical experiences under academic supervision designed to integrate theory and principles with practice.
Reading and conference. A particular selection of material read by a student and discussed in conference with a faculty member.
Repeatable for credit. Only courses designated R may be repeated for credit. Except for generic, studio, or performance courses, the circumstances under which a course may be repeated for credit are restricted.
Research. Disciplined inquiry of a topic with varying techniques and assignments suited to the nature and conditions of the problem being investigated. Often pursued in relation to a dissertation or thesis.
Residence credit. Academic work completed while the student is formally admitted and officially registered at the University of Oregon; this includes courses taken in UO study abroad programs.
Semester. One-half the academic year (sixteen weeks), applicable only to the UO School of Law.
1 semester credit. One semester credit equals one and one-half quarter (or term) credits.
Seminar. A small group of students studying a subject with a faculty member. Although practices vary, students may do original research and exchange results through informal lectures, reports, and discussions.
Sequence. Two or three closely related courses that must be taken in specified order.
Series. Two or more closely related courses that may be taken in any order.
Special studies. A lower-division colloquium or experimental course, often taken concurrently with another course as a satellite seminar.
Subject code. An abbreviation used with a course number to indicate an academic subject area. See the list of subject codes in this section of the catalog.
Supervised college teaching. A student, under faculty supervision and sponsorship, accepts responsibility for teaching a university course.
Supervised tutoring. A student, under faculty supervision, accepts responsibility for tutoring other students within the discipline.
Term. Approximately one-third of the academic year (eleven weeks), either fall, winter, or spring.
Terminal project. A presentation incorporating the knowledge and skills acquired from course work completed for the master’s degree.
To waive. To set aside without credit certain requirements for a degree or major.
Workshop. An intensive experience, limited in scope and time, in which a group of students focus on skills development rather than content mastery.
The following abbreviations are used in course descriptions: Coreq: corequisite; H: honors content of significant difficulty; M: multilisted courses; Prereq: prerequisite; R: repeatable for credit.
The following examples are from Biology (BI):
122 [BI lower-division course number] Introduction to Human Genetics [course title] (4) [course credits] Basic concepts of genetics as they relate to humans. Blood groups, transplantation and immune reaction, prenatal effects, the biology of twinning, selection in humans, and sociological implications. Lectures, discussions. [course description]
423/523 [BI upper-division/graduate course numbers] Human Molecular Genetics [course title] (4) [course credits] Advanced topics in genetics that relate to human development and disease. The human genome, sex determination, X-chromosome inactivation, chromosomal abnormalities, trinucleotide repeat expansions, cancer. [course description] Prereq: BI 320. [course prerequisite]
607 [BI graduate-only course number] Seminar: [Topic] [course title] (1–3R) [course credit range; repeatable for credit indicator] Topics may include neurobiology, developmental biology, ecology colloquium, genetics, molecular biology, and neuroscience. [course description]
The following subject codes are used at the University of Oregon. They appear in University of Oregon catalogs and class schedules, on student schedules, degree audits, transfer articulation reports, and transcripts.
AA Allied Arts (Portland)
AAA Architecture and Allied Arts
AAAP Architecture and Allied Arts: Historic Preservation
AAD Arts and Administration
AEIS Academic English for International Students
AFR African Studies
AIM Applied Information Management
ARH History of Art and Architecture
ART General Art
ARTC Art: Ceramics
ARTD Art: Digital Arts
ARTF Art: Fibers
ARTM Art: Metalsmithing and Jewelry
ARTO Art: Photography
ARTP Art: Painting
ARTR Art: Printmaking
ARTS Art: Sculpture
ASIA Asian Studies
ASL American Sign Language
BA Business Administration
BE Business Environment
CAS College Scholars Colloquium
CDS Communication Disorders and Sciences
CFT Couples and Family Therapy
CINE Cinema Studies
CIS Computer and Information Science
CIT Computer Information Technology
COLT Comparative Literature
CPSY Counseling Psychology
CRES Conflict and Dispute Resolution
CRWR Creative Writing
DAN Professional Dance
DANC Introductory Dance
DSC Decision Sciences
EALL East Asian Languages and Literatures
EDLD Educational Leadership
EDST Education Studies
ENVS Environmental Studies
ES Ethnic Studies
EURO European Studies
FHS Family and Human Services
GEOL Geological Sciences
HC Honors College
HPHY Human Physiology
IARC Interior Architecture
INTL International Studies
IST Interdisciplinary Studies
JDST Judaic Studies
LA Landscape Architecture
LAS Latin American Studies
LERC Labor Education and Research Center
LT Language Teaching
MDVL Medieval Studies
MIL Military Science
MUE Music Education
MUJ Music: Jazz Studies
MUP Music Performance
OLIS Oregon Leadership in Sustainability
OACT Overseas Studies: American Council of Teachers of Russian [Russia]
OADE Overseas Studies: Adelaide, University of Adelaide [Australia]
OAKI Overseas Studies: Akita International University, Japan
OANG Overseas Studies: Angers, NCSA Program [France]
OATH Overseas Studies: Athens, Greece
OBEI Overseas Studies: Beijing, Central Institute for Nationalities [China]
OBER Overseas Studies: Bergen, University of Bergen [Norway]
OBRI Overseas Studies: Bristol, Bristol University [England]
OBRT Overseas Studies: London [England]
OBUD Overseas Studies: Budapest, Budapest University of Economic Sciences [Hungary]
OBWU Overseas Studies: Baden-Württemberg, Universities in Baden-Württemberg [Germany]
OCAM Overseas Studies: Cambridge International Summer School, England
OCBS Overseas Studies: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
OCFP Overseas Studies: Chinese Flagship Program
OCHA Overseas Studies: Prague, Charles University [Czech Republic]
OCIE Overseas Studies: Council for International Educational Exchange
OCUR Overseas Studies: Curtin University [Australia]
ODIS Overseas Studies: Copenhagen, Denmark’s International Study Program
ODUB Overseas Studies: Dublin, Ireland
OEWH Overseas Studies: Seoul, Ewha Womans University [Korea]
OGAL Overseas Studies: Galway, Ireland
OGHA Overseas Studies: Journalism Program, Accra, Ghana
OHAN Overseas Studies: Hanoi, Hanoi University [Vietnam]
OHAU Overseas Studies: Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
OHKU Overseas Studies: University of Hong Kong
OHOU Overseas Studies: Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
OHUJ Overseas Studies: Jerusalem, Hebrew University of Jerusalem [Israel]
OINT Overseas Studies: Internship program
OKKU Overseas Studies: Khon Kaen, Khon Kaen University [Thailand]
OLAT Overseas Studies: La Trobe University [Australia]
OLEG Overseas Studies: Legon, University of Ghana
OLON Overseas Studies: London, NICSA Program [England]
OLYO Overseas Studies: Lyon, Universities in Lyon (I,II,III and Catholic Faculties) [France]
OMAL Overseas Studies: Malang, Institut Keguran Dan Ilmu Pendidikan [Indonesia]
OMCT Overseas Studies: Macerata, Italy
OMEI Overseas Studies: Tokyo, Meiji University [Japan]
OMOR Overseas Studies: Morelia, Mexico
ONTU Overseas Studies: National Taiwan University
ONUS Overseas Studies: National University of Singapore
OOVI Overseas Studies: Oviedo, Spain
OPAV Overseas Studies: Pavia, University of Pavia [Italy]
OPDG Overseas Studies: Paderno del Grappa, Italy
OPOI Overseas Studies: Poitiers, University of Poitiers [France]
OQUE Overseas Studies: Querétaro, Summer Study in Mexico
OQUI Overseas Studies: Quito, Catholic University of Ecuador
OROM Overseas Studies: Rome, Summer Architecture Studio [Italy]
OROS Overseas Studies: Rosario, Argentina
OSAS Overseas Studies: Semester at Sea
OSEG Overseas Studies: Segovia, Spain
OSEN Overseas Studies: Tokyo, Senshu University [Japan]
OSIE Overseas Studies: NICSA Program [Italy]
OSIP Overseas Studies: Baden-Württemberg, Spring Intensive Program [Germany]
OSIT Overseas Studies: School for International Training
OSLO Overseas Studies: University of Oslo, Norway
OSSP Overseas Studies: Senegal Summer Program, Dakar, Senegal
OSTP Overseas Studies: Russia
OSVL Overseas Studies: Seville, University of Seville [Spain]
OTAM Overseas Studies: Tampere, University of Tampere [Finland]
OUAB Overseas Studies: Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen [Scotland]
OUEA Overseas Studies: Norwich, University of East Anglia [England]
OUOT Overseas Studies: University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
OUPP Overseas Studies: Uppsala, University of Uppsala [Sweden]
OVAL Overseas Studies: Valdivia, Chile
OVIE Overseas Studies: Vienna, NCSA Program [Austria]
OWAR Overseas Studies: Warsaw, Central Institute of Planning and Statistics [Poland]
OWAS Overseas Studies: Tokyo, Waseda University [Japan]
OXAF Overseas Experimental Program: Africa
OXAO Overseas Experimental Program: Asia and Oceania
OXEU Overseas Experimental Program: Europe
OXLA Overseas Experimental Program: Latin American
OXME Overseas Experimental Program: Middle East
OYON Overseas Studies: Seoul, Yonsei University [Korea]
PD Product Design
PEAE Physical Education: Aerobics
PEAQ Physical Education: Aquatics
PEAS Physical Education: Aquatics SCUBA
PEC Physical Education: Certification
PEF Physical Education: Fitness
PEI Physical Education: Individual Activities
PEIA Physical Education: Intercollegiate Athletics
PEL Physical Education: Leadership
PEMA Physical Education: Martial Arts
PEMB Physical Education: Mind-Body
PEOL Physical Education: Outdoor Pursuits—Land
PEOW Physical Education: Outdoor Pursuits—Water
PERS Physical Education: Racquet Sports
PERU Physical Education: Running
PETS Physical Education: Team Sports
PEW Physical Education: Weight Training
PPPM Planning, Public Policy and Management
PS Political Science
REES Russian and East European Studies
REL Religious Studies
RL Romance Languages
SAPP Substance Abuse Prevention Program
SBUS Sports Business
SPED Special Education
SPSY School Psychology
TA Theater Arts
TLC University Teaching and Learning Center
WGS Women’s and Gender Studies
WR Expository Writing
Except at the 500 and 600 levels, courses in University of Oregon catalogs are numbered in accordance with the course-numbering plan of the schools in the Oregon University System. Institutions vary in their treatment of 500- and 600-level courses.
Remedial, terminal, semiprofessional, or noncredit courses that do not apply to degree requirements
Lower-division (freshman- and sophomore-level) courses
Upper-division (junior- and senior-level) courses
Courses that offer graduate-level work in classes that include undergraduate students
Courses for graduate students only
Except in the School of Music and Dance, professional or technical courses that apply toward professional degrees but not toward advanced academic degrees such as the MA, MS, or PhD. Both 600 and 700 numbers in the School of Music and Dance indicate graduate courses only.
Certain numbers are reserved for generic courses that may be repeated for credit (R) under the same number. Except in the School of Law, courses numbered 503, 601, and 603 are offered pass/no pass only.
Credit is assigned according to the work load in a particular course. Credit ranges indicate minimum and maximum credits available in a single course for a single term, and departments determine their own credit ranges.
196 Field Studies: [Topic]
198 Workshop: [Topic] or Laboratory Projects: [Topic] or Colloquium: [Topic]
199 Special Studies: [Topic]
399 Special Studies: [Topic]
401 Research: [Topic]
402 Supervised College Teaching
404 Internship: [Topic]
405 Reading and Conference: [Topic]
406 Field Studies: [Topic] or Special Problems: [Topic]
407/507 Seminar: [Topic]
408/508 Workshop: [Topic] or Laboratory Projects: [Topic] or Colloquium: [Topic]
409 Practicum: [Topic] or Supervised Tutoring
410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic]
601 Research: [Topic]
602 Supervised College Teaching
604, 704 Internship: [Topic]
605, 705 Reading and Conference: [Topic]
606, 706 Field Studies: [Topic] or Special Problems: [Topic]
607, 707 Seminar: [Topic]
608, 708 Workshop: [Topic] or Special Topics: [Topic] or Colloquium: [Topic]
609, 709 Practicum: [Topic] or Supervised Tutoring or Terminal Project
610, 710 Experimental Course: [Topic]